The tag is for questions about the recording and playback of speech and music on your computer, but also for problems about the sound component of videos.

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Is there a command line audio converter/tool a la ImageMagick?

ImageMagick is a handy, powerful command-line tool that can crop, scale, rotate, change format, apply basic (and some not-so-basic) effects to pretty much all sorts of images. Does something like it ...
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What is the current state of development for the FLAC codec? [closed]

I have a pretty large collection of FLAC files created from my CD collection. I love the FLAC format and the sound quality that you can get from it. Lately, however, I've been trying to write a few ...
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Google Chrome Missing from Volume Mixer

I have Windows 8.1, and Google Chrome is missing from my Volume Mixer (it does not show up on it). I cannot hear any audio from that program. I've tested both Flash audio (e.g., YouTube) and HTML5 ...
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Increase granularity, range and curvature of the volume control slider

There is a common problem for USB speakers (such as Logitech SBS-150 in my case, for which Logitech provides no solution) and headphones- they are too loud. When you use the Windows volume control ...
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How can I prevent Chrome from preloading HTML5 audio and video contents?

I like HTML5 and its features a lot. But the one thing irritates me is that I can't control the actual downloading of contents. Every time I see an HTML5 audio file, say, in a RSS feed, Chrome will ...
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How do I enable multiple audio outputs on Windows 7?

For Windows 7, 64 bit: I have a digital SPDIF output to my stereo, which controls speakers in other rooms. I also have a set of speakers connected to the regular audio jack at the computer. This ...
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Automatically Adjusting System Volume Based Upon Ambient Noise Level

My home office has a loud air conditioner right next to my computer desk. When the air conditioner turns on, I need to increase my computer's volume level in order to hear music and sound effects. ...
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How can I make the sound direction from an application “move” with the window position?

I currently use 3 monitors to efficiëntly use multiple windows and applications at the same time. This works very well for me in general, but I have a problem. Sometimes a specific window, ...
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Automatically remove all music from mp3 talk show

Is there a tool that can automatically remove the music sections of a given mp3 file so only the talking part is left? This would create a better listening experience when listening to the file on my ...
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Can Windows use headsets that have a single audio jack with 4 rings?

As you guys may know, for several years now, Apple uses 4-ring headphone jacks instead of 3-ring headphone jacks, and the fourth ring is dedicated to microphone input. This is what lets you have ...
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Is there a music player that will automatically mute when other audio starts playing?

I find myself listening to music while I use my computer, and constantly pausing and un-pausing the music when I watch a video on youtube, open up a game, or any other task that needs audio. Do any ...
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ubuntu: sound: send one application sound to left speaker and another to a right speaker

Is it possible to send Chrome's sound output to one speaker, and send Rhythmbox's sound output to the other speaker? I would like to listen to N.P.R. from my left speaker and Glen Beck from my right ...
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How to output microphone directly to speakers?

I want my microphone to directly output to my laptop's speakers. I'm able to do something along these lines by recording then playing, but I want to do it live. Any suggestions how to do this?
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OS X: Increase granularity of audio volume controls

I'm using USB headphones with a Mac Mini, and the lowest volume setting is too loud for most applications. Is there any way to increase the granularity (number of steps) in the volume control, or to ...
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Can a 3.5mm headphone splitter be used to join two inputs into one output?

I want to be able to connect up my PC and iPod to the same speakers at the same time using a 3.5mm jack (very fiddly at the moment) - I have seen this Speaker and Headphones Splitter and wondered if ...
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How to encode audio with Opus codec?

The Opus audio codec looks like the best thing ever for compressing audio. It has recently become supported in the latest ffmpeg and VLC players. However, there is no documentation I can find on how ...
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How to downmix stereo output to mono on Mac OS X

Let's just open and close this: Is there a built in way to downmix all stereo output to mono on Mac OS X?
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What's the differnce between “Set as Default Device” and “Set as Default Communications Device” in the Sound configuration in Windows 7?

I noticed that there are two similar options in the "Sound" (Soundcard Configuration window->playback tab in the context menu) window in Windows 7. What is the difference between these two options? ...
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Does the HDMI port on a video card support audio?

When purchasing a video card based on nVidia or AMD, does the HDMI port support audio as well as video? For what it's worth, I'm running Xubuntu 14.04. Here's an example of a video card with ...
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How to convert M4B files to MP3?

I have downloaded some .m4b files, but my mp3 player cannot play them. I have tried several converters i found through google, but they can't seem to be able to convert the whole files. (Its an 8 hour ...
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How to disable browser audio?

I use Google Chrome for Windows. How to disable or mute Flash audio?
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What's a good audio player for musicians?

Can you recommend any free audio players (for windows) which are well suited for musicians? Some of the features I'd like to see in a player are: change the pitch of a song (e.g. transpose songs in ...
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FFMPEG: Convert m4a files to mp3 without significant loss of information / quality. Automated bitrate

I have a load of audio files (about 1000) which I want to convert from m4a to mp3 so I can use play them on a CD player which has a USB port. I tried doing something simple like: ffmpeg -i FILE.m4a ...
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Virtual audio driver for Windows? [closed]

Is there any (possibly free or open-source) virtual WDM audio driver for Windows, with additional processing plugins, which would add one more layer between windows applications and actual sound ...
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Does VirtualBox support line in and the microphone?

I am running windows 7 on my host which has the microphone working just fine but I cannot get the mic to work under any guest (I have tried Ubuntu 10.4 and Windows XP). I am beginning to think that ...
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How can I disable the feature where OSX launches iTunes when external speakers are connected?

There is that feature where iTunes gets automatically launched on OSX when an external speakers are connected (Bluetooth or 3.5mm jack headphones). I happen to prefer another application to listen to ...
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Is it possible to “pipe” audio into the “line in” for a particular program?

I want to take the audio output of a program, and "pipe" it into the audio input of another program. So I could, say, play a song with Banshee, and have Skype hear it, playing it to whomever is in the ...
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How to play MP3 files into the microphone input

In a chat session, whenever I want the other person to hear a pre-recorded voice, I need to play it on my speakers and use my microphone to capture it. How can I play MP3 files into the microphone ...
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Is there a free “AutoTune” plugin for Audacity?

I have plugged in GSnap in Audacity. How do I get the "tune" effect shown in the video Auto Tuning?
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Prevent applications to control master volume on Linux

Whenever I change the volume in VLC, Rhythmbox, or a video on YouTube, it change the master volume, i.e. the system volume. How can I prevent this from happening? I'm running Debian 7.0.0 (wheezy) ...
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HDMI won't output audio to my TV?

I recently upgraded my graphics card from an XFX Radeon HD 6850 1GB to an MSI Radeon HD 7850 2GB. (Windows 8 x64) The TV is a Vizio E500i-A1 My HDMI audio output used to work fine with my TV, but ...
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Virtual sound card driver for Windows

I have no sound card on my machine, but I want to (automatically) record screen with audio on it. So I thing it's some kind of virtual sound card driver needed to loop back sound send to play to ...
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Mixing stereo audio signal into one headphone can. For computer games [closed]

Hello I'm deaf in one ear but I love to play competitive FPS pc games. The problem is I can't pinpoint where people are in the game. Which makes it hard to shoot them in the face before they shoot me ...
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How to stream my GNU/Linux audio output to Android devices over WI-FI?

I want to stream my audio output over the network (Wi-Fi) to my Android devices. I'm not looking for a music/video streaming solution, but I would stream any audio output of my GNU/Linux desktop to my ...
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How can I convert already recorded speech to text? [closed]

I am looking for a software that would allow me to input an audio file (.wav .mp3...) and output the text of the audio file. Does such software exist? I have only found software that converts (live) ...
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Per application volume settings: possible on Mac OS X Snow Leopard?

Is it possible to set per-application volume levels under Mac OS X? I would like to be able to turn the volume down on Entourage for new emails, but leave everything else at a pleasant level, ...
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Which lossless audio format should I use when storing them on my NAS?

I have started a project of ripping my big collection of CDs and storing them on my NAS. Since I care for audio quality I have decided to store them in a lossless format. Right now I have tried to use ...
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Change the audio output device in Firefox

I'm trying to play music through Ventrilo and currently I use Virtual Audio Cable. The way it works is that in foobar2000 (a music playing program) I set the output device in preferences to Virtual ...
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Record sound from a single aplication

I need to be able to record the sound from a single application (in this case minecraft) without the recording containing any other sounds from other applications. I cannot just mute the applications ...
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command-line utility to record from microphone

I am looking for command-line utility that monitors the microphone, and if you start to speak, writes the file. Recording period should be adjusted. Solution is: sox -t alsa default recording.wav ...
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Automatically mute speakers when headphones are unplugged

I was wondering if there is a "software" solution to automatically mute the laptop speakers when the headphones are "unplugged"? OS : Windows XP SP3 Laptop : Dell Vostro 1510 Audio Drivers : RealTek ...
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Any game kills my sound

Every time I quit a game such as Braid, Fallout3, AVP all sound on the PC dies (Control Panel > No Audio Devices) I installed a new sound card (SB Audigy) and updated to the latest drivers, and it ...
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How is pulseaudio stitched together? [closed]

OK. Pre-post note; this became ugly long, - but the core of an problem is that I'm unable to find good articles or diagrams and explanations on this. There is a lot of "how too"s, but I'm having a ...
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How to disable MS GS WAVETABLE synth? or what is occuping it?

I have a small(?) issue program. A friend of mine has a computer with the following specs: Creative XtremeMusic soundcard (latest x-fi drivers, the complete package) USB Midimate 2 (usb midi ...
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Any use for a sound card these days?

In the past Ive always brought dedicated sound cards for my computers, however these days most motherboards have some sort of audio support built in, in fact many even are capable of surround sound, ...
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How to decode AAC (.m4a) audio files into WAV?

How would you convert (decode) AAC files into WAV format? (Or, if you prefer, how to decode & re-encode them into MP3 or Ogg Vorbis? But WAV is sufficient as I already have good tools for WAV ➔ ...
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Many computers, 1 set of headphones. What are the options?

Like many other super users I have many computers both at home and in the office. They are connected together with a KVM. What options exist to combine the audio from many systems so I only need a ...
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Can I lock the volume or disable the volume keys on Mac OS X?

When my small children play games on the Mac, they use the keyboard shortcut (what ought to be the "F12" key) to turn the volume up to the max, which is way too loud. I'm working on configuration ...
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MP3 vs M4A (AAC): what is the audio codec for portable devices which gives maximum independence?

A couple of years back MP3 was the most supported format for portable devices. Then Apple came along and wiped the floor of all the portable devices with the iPod as well as the iPhone. They clearly ...
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Finding out if a FLAC or WAVPACK audio file is NOT originally encoded from a lossy source

Is there a way of checking that the so-called FLAC or WAVPACK audio file was originally encoded from a lossless source (WAV, CDA, APE, etc.) instead of a lossy source (MP3, AAC, ATRAC, etc.)? Say I ...